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Aaron Bell Dies

Aaron Bell, a bassist who worked in Duke Ellington’s orchestra in the early ’60s and backed jazz and pop singers on numerous recordings, died July 28 at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx. He was 82.

Born Samuel Aaron Bell in Muskogee, Okla., he began playing music on piano (his mother was a piano teacher) and moved on to brass instruments in high school (trumpet and tuba). Bell took up the double bass while attending Xavier University in New Orleans and began gigging with local bands. He played in Navy bands during World War II and afterwards joined Andy Kirk’s big band, which took him to New York City.

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